Legendary rocker Ronnie Hawkins was among 45 new appointees to the Order of Canada who were officially honoured by Gov. Gen. David Johnston at a ceremony in Ottawa.
Hawkins was one of 10 people named as officers of the order, the second-highest grade, while 35 people were introduced as members at a ceremony at Rideau Hall.
Hawkins's appointment is honorary because although he has lived in Canada for five decades, he remains an American citizen. Hawkins was cited for his contributions to the music industry, as well as for his support of charities.
Others who were honoured with the designation of officers of the Order of Canada included Céline Galipeau, a news anchor for Radio-Canada.